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Cristiano Ronaldo 26, Lionel Messi 24, Telmo Zarra 22

 

Telmo Zarra (1921-2006) played for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and ’50s.

 

* Real Betis stay top of the Liga Adelante beating Lugo 5-1. Pepe Mel’s team have a six-point lead over Girona and Sporting Gijon, who will duel for the second automatic promotion spot.

 

Las Palmas, Real Lipoqq Valladolid and Real Zaragoza occupy the remaining play-off spots.

 

 

* Spain will play Costa Rica on the 11th of June in Leon.

 

* Spain’s U-17 side were knocked out of the European Championship on penalties by Germany.

 

*This week’s transfer rumours centred around David De Gea’s will-he, won’t-he vacillation. According to which day you read, he is staying at Old Trafford or heading to the Bernabeu but nothing is for sure, other than that Real Madrid is a tempting offer for the former Atletico man.

 

“I don’t know why he has not taken a decision yet,” said Louis Van Gaal, admitting the club nevertheless had a list of replacements to hand.

 

West Ham are said to be still interested in Rafael Benitez as their new boss. Napoli’s exit from the Europa League may make that more likely, although Real Madrid are also said to have sounded him out if they decide to fire Ancelotti.

 

Real Madrid have also spoken to Jose Mourinho about a sensational return to the Bernabeu, it was claimed, although Zinedine Zidane and Porto coach Julen Lopetegui remain in poll position should Florentino Perez choose to wield the axe.

 

Gareth Bale’s latest ‘failure’ to guide his club to victory means rumours of his departure will not subside. The latest chit-chat is that Man City and Man Utd are in a bidding war.

 

Arsenal and Sevilla are interested in Juve’s Spanish target man Fernando Llorente.

 

Liverpool are looking to tie up a deal for Real midfielder Asier Illarramendi, whose appearances have been limited at the Bernabeu. A fee of £15 million has been mentioned.

 

The Reds are said to have had a £14 offer for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez rebuffed and are mulling over a £20 approach instead.

 

Man City have quashed rumours they could sell Sergio Aguero to Real Madrid.

 

Barcelona were once again strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

 

Real are said to be interested in Chelsea’s Petr Cech if they cannot land David De Gea.

 

Los Merengues are also pondering buying back Alvaro Morata from Bayern after his goals kkocked them out of Europe. This could pave the way for Karim Benzema’s departure, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd all interested.

 

Chelsea were linked again with Atletico goleador Antoine Griezmann, as were Bayern Munich.

The Frenchman’s departure could open the door for Erik Lamela to move from Tottenham to Madrid for a fee of around €20 million.

 

Atletico are also interested in Napoli’s former Real marksman Gonzalo Higuain, and Elche’s Brazilian defender Jonathas.

 

Everton have been told to bid £13 million if they want to sign Celta Vigo winger Nolito.

 

Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi has a £36 million contract clause allowing his departure. Man Utd are said to be after the Argentine centre-back.

 

Atletico Madrid and Valencia are both trying to land PSG’s Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani.

 

Sevilla will buy out the contract of striker Iago Aspas, on loan from Liverpool.

 

Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez has said he expects to work in England before long. “The issue is when,” he told Marca, “but for now I’m very happy in Spain; however if tomorrow or in three years I have to pack my suitcase then I will.”

 

THE FINAL DAY’S BIG GAMES:

 

Saturday, 23rd May LA LIGA 5.30pm GMT

 

3rd place and Champions League:

Granada v Atletico Madrid

Almeria v Valencia

 

4th place and Champions League:

Malaga v Sevilla

Granada v Atletico Madrid

Almeria v Valencia

 

5th place and Europa League:

Almeria v Valencia

Malaga v Sevilla

 

Race to escape the drop:

Almeria v Valencia

Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna

Eibar v Cordoba

Granada v Atletico Madrid

 

Top Five: Barcelona 93 points, Real Madrid 89, Atletico Madrid 77, Valencia 74, Sevilla 73

Bottom Five: Deportivo La Coruna 34 pts Granada 34, Eibar 32, Almeria 32, Cordoba 20